For kicks I’m moving the usual “Friday fun video” post to Wednesday.
There’s a connection between scooters and ska. I don’t know all the details, but if you are surprised, just trust me. (Something about the time frames in England, I bet, but I’m not getting into the whole Mod vs. Rocker thing. I don’t even know about all that!)
The two-tone checker pattern is all over ska stuff. Again, if you’re surprised, just trust me. (Sadly I don’t have the time or knowledge to have a music-specific blog. Can anyone recommend a good ethnomusicologist blog?)
Here’s a classic Specials song*. If you want to hear more good ska, then check out Generoso’s radio show. http://wmbr.mit.edu/www/sched-tue#bovine Generoso’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady show can be heard on 88.1 FM midnight to 2 AM every Tuesday night in Boston. You can also listen to it online (see the link).
*Turns out it’s a remake of Dandy Livingston’s original version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZWWUQNSV2E